ITP Alum on Live Wire NYC

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Live Wire

Live Wire, which will tape (for the first time ever in NYC) on October 21st at Littlefield in Brooklyn will feature ITP Alumna Roopa Vasudevan!

Roopa will be part of this awesome show alongside Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich of Radiolab. This show is the final event in The UnConvention series presented by PRI, 92Y and Mic - an initiative to engage millennials in the 2016 election and spark dialogue on the top issues facing young people in America.  


Laura Hardin




OCTOBER 21 - @ Littlefield w/ Robert Krulwich and Jad Abumrad of Radiolab and #bellweather Project Creator Roopa Vasudevan

October 22 - SHOWCASE EVENT @ WNYC’s Greene Space

w/ MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Jonathan Safran Foer & Music From Kadhja Bonet

NEW YORK – 10/4 –  Live Wire Radio, an independent public radio show from Portland, Oregon is making its way eastward the first-ever New York City tapings of the popular public radio show. Live Wire is like Late Night for radio. The show artfully blends conversation with cultural icons, artists, and experts from an array of fields, with its signature brand of comedy and storytelling, alongside live music from acclaimed and up-and-coming acts. 

The show On October 21st features Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich along with Roopa Vasudevan, an artist and programmer currently teaching at NYU Shanghai. Vasudevan writes programs which mine social media for data to explore and expose subconscious patterns in our culture and behavior.

In collaboration with 92nd Street Y (92Y), Mic and Public Radio International (PRI) this show will close out The UnConvention: an ambitious multi-platform initiative to engage millennials in meaningful civic conversations during this year’s election season. Live Wire host Luke Burbank will share some of his own unconventional wisdom (the theme of this show) and speak with the guests about the nuances of language and how the media and the public is using it in this election cycle. Additional guests to be announced.

The following evening, October 22nd, Live Wire will be at WNYC’s Greene Space for a special showcase taping of the program. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and celebrated author Jonathan Safran Foer will be headlining guests for this event. Musical guest Kadhja Bonet will perform selections from her debut album The Visitor, out on October 21st via Fat Possum Records. Please let Laura Hardin (  know if you and a guest would like to attend this event.


DATE:              Friday, October 21st

TIME:              Doors at 7:30 p.m., Show at 8:00 p.m.

COST:             $25 VIP (reserved seating area) $15 GA / $10 Standing

PLACE:            Littlefield - 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

TICKETS:        Littlefield Event Page and Ticketing



DATE:              Saturday, October 22nd 

TIME:              Doors at 6:30 p.m., Show at 7:30 p.m.

COST:             $25 GA

PLACE:            The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space - 44 Charlton Street New York, NY 10014

TICKETS:        Greene Space Event Page and Ticketing

About Live Wire

Live Wire, an independent nonprofit powerhouse based in Portland, Ore., debuted its first show in 2004 rooted in a commitment to bring friends and artists together to celebrate and capture the intimacy and energy of live theatre for radio listeners everywhere. In its 12th season, the show reaches listeners through a growing network of more than 120 public radio stations as well as its popular podcast, turning people on to an eclectic cadre of artists, musicians, writers, comedians and cultural observers. For more information visit [Link to DL Press Image]

About Luke Burbank

Alongside his work at Live Wire, Burbank continues to host his daily podcast TBTL (Too Beautiful To Live), which formerly aired on KIRO FM. Burbank is a regular panelist on Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me and often fills in for host Peter Sagal. He has contributed to many other programs including CBS Sunday Morning and This American Life.

About Jad Abumrad & Robert Krulwich (October 21st show at littlefield)

Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich are the hosts of Radiolab from WNYC Studios, a radio show and podcast about curiosities. Somehow they manage to find the most curious stories and make them even curiouser. Not only has the show won them two Peabody Awards; it’s inspired us want to know more about things like the biology of sleep, stochasticity—the science of random variables, and to better understand just exactly what color is. The MacArthur Foundation awarded Jad a Genius Grant in 2011. He’s the first result when you google to the name “Jad.” And then there’s Robert Krulwich; a radio and television journalist, and the former science correspondent for NPR. His work has appeared on everything from Nightline to NOVA. The New York Times put it best when they said that he’s “the man who simplifies everything without being simple.” These guys are the studs of science, the radicals of radio. Why are we even typing when they need no introduction?

About Roopa Vasudevan (October 21st show at littlefield)

Roopa Vasudevan is here to explain us to ourselves. An artist, creative coder, and researcher, Vasudevan is out to trace all the digital bread crumb trails we leave behind our most unthinking actions to figure out why we did what we did. Spooky, right? We think so too. Her most recent project, #Bellwether, is an exploration of Twitter data from the 2016 primaries that debuted in Cleveland during the RNC and is on its way to a show in Brussels. Her previous work has been exhibited internationally, featured by Reuters, SlateThe New Yorker blog, the FADERHyperallergic and more. She is currently an Arts Professor at NYU Shanghai and is making the journey back to New York to cast her absentee ballot in person and chat with us about how we really feel about this election. We’re hoping she can explain some of our choices to us, but also hoping she stays away from our Google search history...

Jonathan Safran Foer (October 22nd show @ WNYC’s Greene Space)

Let’s talk about what we talk about when we talk about Jonathan Safran Foer. In part we talk about fiction, seeing as he’s written the best-selling novels Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, both recently adapted into major motion pictures. We talk, also, about diet, considering his publication of the book Eating Animals, a treatise why and how it is we justify just that: eating living things. We talk about Judaism, and family, and history, and humanity, too, because these are the things he talks about. We talk a little about awards like the Guardian First Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, and the New Yorker 40 Under 40 listing, because he has won them. We talk about his new book, Here I Am, out this fall, because it’s his first novel in a decade. We talk about a lot of things, but mostly we plan to let him talk for himself.

About Chris Hayes (October 22nd show @ WNYC’s Greene Space)

Are you with Chris Hayes? We are. Let us tell you why-- Chris is a journalist, author and host of Up with Chris Hayes, and now All In with Chris Hayes, on MSNBC. He has been a writer for the publication, The Nation and a guest host of the television programs The Rachel Maddow Show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. But that’s not all that up with Chris Hayes. He’s with the times and with aplomb and with not a few impressive accolades. In 2013 Chris became the youngest person to host a prime-time show (he was 34!) on a major cable network. His first book, Twilight of the Elites: America After Mediocrity, was published in 2012. His second book, A Colony in a Nation, debuts in March 2017. We’re with him, are you?

About Kadhja Bonet (October 22nd show @ WNYC’s Greene Space)

Kadhja (pronounced Kad-ya) is a breakout artist with debut record The Visitor releasing October 21st via Fat Possum and Fresh Selects. Her sound has been described as ‘otherworldly’ and ‘insanely beautiful’ by the likes of Fader and Gorilla vs. Bear. We are all ears and totally ready to be transported.